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Yeasts Protect Fruit from Brown Rot

Yeasts Protect Fruit from Brown Rot

Some naturally occurring yeasts may be useful for protecting stone fruits against pathogens that attack after harvest. USDA scientists looked to the microflora on the surface of the plum to find potential biocontrol agents against brown rot. At the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, plant pathologist Wojciech Janisiewicz […]

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Citrus Growers Use Biocontrols

Citrus growers in California are now turning to a natural solution after pesticides have been shown to be ineffective. Teams of invasive species experts have started releasing tamarixia radiate, a tiny parasitic wasp, to control the invasive Asian citrus psyllid population. Asian citrus psyllid can spread a disease which causes greening, devastating citrus production. This […]